TRENTON – The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters will host its 7th annual Green Tie Gala virtually on June 23, 2021 from 6 to 7 pm. The purpose of the gala is to celebrate pro-environment legislative wins and to honor those who have helped make those achievements a reality. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will deliver the keynote, members of the Broadway Green Alliance will perform, and environmental champions will be recognized for their advocacy.
“While we can celebrate a year of success, even in the face of COVID-19, we understand that there is still a significant amount of work that needs to be done in New Jersey to protect our natural resources, improve public health, and right the wrongs of environmental racism,” said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director New Jersey LCV. “We can’t rest until we make sure everyone has clean air, safe drinking water, and open space no matter their zip code, and that we effectively combat climate change.”
The following is a list of the environmental champion honorees:
Emerald Award: In appreciation of outstanding devotion to the protection of New Jersey’s precious air, water and open space:
New Jersey Senator, Troy Singleton (LD-7)
New Jersey Assemblyman, John McKeon (LD-27)
Camden Councilwoman, Shaneka Boucher
Founders Award: In appreciation of outstanding leadership, vision, and devoted service to the success of New Jersey LCV:
New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance
Jennifer M. Coffey, ANJEC Executive Director
Changemaker Award: In recognition of making an incomparable difference for New Jersey’s environment in your community and the lives of others:
Friends of the New Jersey School of Conservation
Nicole Miller, Member of Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green!)
Sustainability Award: In recognition of committing to a sustainable future in New Jersey, integrating sustainability in everyday life, and making sustainability more accessible to the public:
Princeton Hydro, specialist in water resources engineering
“We thank New Jersey LCV for recognizing the work that went into the passage of the landmark Environmental Justice Law, that has the potential to protect communities of color and low-income communities from disproportionate pollution burdens,” said Melissa Miles, Executive Director, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance. “We are also grateful for the widespread support of this effort, and we ask the environmental community to continue to center EJ voices as we move through the rulemaking process towards implementation.”
“I am honored to receive the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Emerald Award, which acknowledges my legislative efforts to ensure that everyone – regardless of their zip codes or income – have access to clean air, clean water, and clean energy,” said New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton, a champion of environmental justice, drinking water, and energy equity initiatives. “While I humbly accept this award, I would like to dedicate it to all of those who will no longer be silenced in their pursuit of environmental justice and equity for their families and communities.”
“Princeton Hydro is honored to receive New Jersey LCV’s inaugural Sustainability Award. Our firm is committed to improving our ecosystems, quality of life, and communities for the better, and we share many of the same values as New Jersey LCV and its supporters. Both internally and externally, we aim to integrate environmental stewardship and sustainability into our work, from reducing our carbon footprint in our offices to designing resilient, nature-based solutions in New Jersey neighborhoods and beyond,” said Geoffrey Goll, President, Princeton Hydro. “We appreciate New Jersey LCV’s dedication to protecting the environment in the Garden State and thank you for selecting Princeton Hydro for this prestigious award.”
The following companies and organizations are sponsors of the gala:
Orsted, MOM’s Organic Market, NRG, PSEG, NJ Audubon, Capital Region Minority Chamber, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Anbaric, NJ Highlands Coalition, NRDC, The Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation, The Land Conservancy, SunRun, Princeton Hydro, NJ Conservation Foundation, ANJEC, Raritan Headwaters Association
New Jersey LCV has a goal to raise the most ever, $60,000, at the gala and will feature online silent auction items, including engaging environmental experiences, travel destinations, art and jewelry from local artists, a tour of the New Jersey Statehouse, lunch with the New Jersey LCV Policy Director and meetings with elected officials. For more information about the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters 7th Annual Gala see our website at www.njlcv.org.
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters is a non-partisan organization whose mission is to elect environmental champions, hold public officials accountable, and support laws which protect our environment and improve the quality of people’s lives.